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Health Promotion Service Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Surf Action

Location: county wide

Cost: By negotiation with referer

Surf Action

“By veterans, for veterans”

Surf Action was established in Cornwall in 2009 and is now a registered Charity (number 1140191). Surf Action is dedicated to serving the needs of military veterans (including TAs and reservists) and their families, especially those affected by PTSD and physical injuries or those struggling to re-adjust to civilian life.

Surf Action also supports those who have served or are serving in the ‘blue-light’ emergency services. By making use of the stunning coastal environment and offering holistic support which takes into account the practical, social and psychological difficulties which some veterans can experience.

In certain circumstances we will also take civilian referrals where their needs and our programme are compatible.

PhD research recently carried out with Loughborough University has validated the Surf Action model and significantly extended previous knowledge on physical activity, military veterans and PTSD by highlighting how nature-based physical activity – encapsulated in the conceptual notion of the “Blue Gym” – can significantly promote well-being among military veterans.



Surf Action



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